Technology is a funny thing - I used the same camera in the same location to take these three photos and the fabric colour looks completely different in all of them! This photo is far too pale, though it does show the lines and slight texture in the fabric.
Sketch with fabric swatch (where the fabric looks darker than it really is!).
A fitted bodice, with an open neckline, a gathered skirt and a back zip.
I cut the bodice pieces today. This photo shows the fabric closest to the colour in real life (dark navy blue).
The fabric is almost 150cm wide, so I'm going to cut a full width of fabric for the skirt and gather it at the waist. I'm a pear shape, so I'll see how I go with that much fabric gathered above my hips. If it makes me look too wide around the hips I'll recut the skirt into a trapezium to reduce the fabric up top.
I won't be pushing myself to finish this dress quickly, but I am hoping to finish it before I head off to hospital for my shoulder surgery next week. I'll keep you posted!